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First global-scale trial of IPv6 on 8 June 2011

Anuradha Shukla | May 26, 2011
Internet conglomerates celebrate the ‘World IPv6 Day’.

Major organisations including Facebook and the Internet Society will conduct the first global-scale trial of the new Internet Protocol, IPv6, on the 'World IPv6 Day', which is 8 June 2011.

This event is hosted by the Internet Society Hong Kong (ISOC HK) and Hong Kong Cyberport Management (Cyberport).

The organisations note that the address space used by the current version of the Internet protocol, IPv4, was fully depleted earlier this year and action must be taken to reduce costs and limited online functionality for Internet users everywhere.

Apparently, adoption of IPv6 seems the only long-term solution of this problem, which provides over four billion times more space.

On 8 June 2011, Internet conglomerates such as Facebook , Google and Yahoo are joining major content delivery networks Akamai and Limelight Networks, and the Internet Society (headquarters of Internet Society Hong Kong) to enable IPv6 on their main services for 24 hours.

Transition to IPv6 

ISOC HK has invited content providers, telecommunication companies and all Internet industry players in Hong Kong as well as the Hong Kong government to join and support World IPv6 Day.

Major IT companies and institutions will also participate to ensure a successful transition to IPv6.  

"ISOC HK has been supporting IPv6 and promoting IPv6 awareness since 2007.  At APRICOT-APAN 2011, Hong Kong earlier this year, which was the largest ever Internet conference in the Asia Pacific region, we deployed IPv6 for the Internet network that we built for the conference, as a means of carrying out a real-world test of IPv6 deployment. This time, our campaign marks a key milestone in IPv6 deployment," said Charles Mok, chairman of ISOC HK.

"It provides an opportunity for the Internet industry to collaborate on testing IPv6 readiness. The 'Test Flight' lays the groundwork for large-scale IPv6 adoption and helps make IPv6 ready for prime time."


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